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Thursday, February 18, 2010

How Romantic: DPW Worker Robbed of Work Equipment on Valentine's Day

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge What better gift than the gift of mop? - AUDREY FUKUMAN
  • Audrey Fukuman
  • What better gift than the gift of mop?
If your beloved gave you the gift of rakes, shovels, and brooms on Valentine's Day -- beware. You may be dating a miscreant who has filched municipal property.

A Department of Public Works employee tasked with scouring filth on a day most folks were concerned with matters more amorous ended his day worse off than he started. At 3 p.m. he called the police to report a daytime robbery of his "cart"  -- essentially a garbage can on wheels -- containing the aforementioned tools (which, for reasons unknown, the police feel inclined to state are "used to clean the streets.").

DPW employees we spoke with said this sort of theft -- on Valentine's

Day no less -- is highly unusual. Officer Massey of the Ingleside

Station -- he doesn't prefer to give out the first name -- concurred.

This is the first instance he recalls in his 19 years as a San Francisco police


Perhaps the lure of those DPW-grade tools was just

too much for our St. Val's day thief. After all, those rakes, shovels,

and brooms are "used to clean the streets."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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